Today on pay-per-view in the United States, United Kingdom, Australia, and New Zealand, Joseph Parker meets Hughie Fury in a WBO heavyweight title fight from Manchester, England.
The U.S. PPV is set to go live at 3 pm ET.
Parker (23-0, 18 KO) is making the second defense of his title, which he won in December 2016 in a very competitive bout against Andy Ruiz Jr. He defended successfully against Razvan Cojanu back on May 6.
Fury (20-0, 10 KO) hasn’t fought since April 2016, when he defeated Fred Kassi. Since then he’s had some health and injury issues, but says he feels strong heading into this fight, which is his first world title opportunity.
The undercard also features a British bantamweight title fight between Josh Wale (24-9-2, 11 KO) and Don Broadhurst (19-3-1, 4 KO). We’ll have live coverage of the main event, which figures to start sometime around 6 pm ET.
- Joseph Parker def. Hughie Fury by majority decision (114-114, 118-110, 118-110)
Joseph Parker vs Hughie Fury
Round 1: Fury controls this round with his long jab. Not a lot of action. Kind of has the tone, early at least, of a late 2000s heavyweight title fight, which is...not good. Fury 10-9
Round 2: More of the same in round two, Fury effectively using his jab to control the pace and distance of the fight. Fury is perfectly content to work on the outside, and he’s gaining confidence doing it so far. Parker just following and lunging at this point. Fury 10-9, 20-18
Round 3: Parker continues following Fury around, landing a little bit but not enough to make Fury really think any more than has so far, and so far he hasn’t had to do much but keep distance and stick the jab out. Parker with some body work. Good body shot from Fury. Parker got a bit closer this round, but not enough. Fury 10-9, 30-27
Round 4: Parker trying to make Fury open up more, but not finding much success. Parker with a slappy hook. Fury continues to poke his jab out. Parker occasionally gets close to Fury with Fury on the ropes, and then Fury just ties him up and resets. Fury has a little cut over the right eyebrow, it appears. Fury landed a nice uppercut in this round and the jabbing, but Parker got a bit busier. Cut came from accidental clash of heads. Parker 10-9, Fury 39-37
Round 5: Parker finding the target more, starting in the third and picking up the pace more. Fury moving as much as he is, he’s bound to tire, and it looks like that’s starting to come into play just a bit. Parker definitely starting to find some groove and build a little momentum. He’s really trying to cut off the ring, too. Parker 10-9, Fury 48-47
Round 6: Fury really doesn’t seem to want anything to do with any kind of tear-up, and while it’s not hard to blame him, it’d be good if he did more offensively. He’s been very uncreative about his approach here. He does set up another good uppercut, his best punch in this fight, but an occasional uppercut is not going to do that much. Parker right back with a good shot of his own, too. Fight’s getting mildly better, which means it’s approaching watchable. Parker 10-9, 57-57
Round 7: I’m honestly having trouble figuring most of these rounds. The majority has been “swing rounds,” depending on how much stock you put into Fury’s jab, which isn’t exactly piston-like, or Parker’s aggression, which is only kind of effective. Fury 10-9, 67-66
Round 8: Parker no longer cutting off the ring in even mediocre fashion. Fury back in control with his jab as the main weapon. Moving around a lot still. I don’t enjoy this style from Fury — not the moving, but the lack of offense created from positioning and angles — but if Parker were better he’d be doing more, too, so it’s, like, who do you blame? EVERYONE! Fury 10-9, 77-75
Round 9: Parker getting wild to start the 9th, which, well, it’s something, anyway. Parker really just throwing like a crazy person. Haha, that’s great. Anyway, Fury keeping his composure pretty nicely through it all. Parker has definitely imposed his will, at least in theory. So not definitely, I guess. Parker 10-9, Fury 86-85
Round 10: God, this is a tough fight to score, and not in a good way. I’m throwing darts here. If Parker does a little bit in a round, I keep leaning to him. If he doesn’t, I go with Fury. But is that fair? Probably not. Fury 10-9, 96-94
Round 11: Better round for Parker. One of the two I think were clearly his in this fight. Fury just not doing enough and Parker’s aggression carrying the minutes. But again, I have no idea with this fight. Parker 10-9, Fury 105-104
Round 12: Fury with a decent shot, Parker right back with a good one. He’s done that pretty consistently, landing right back on Fury’s odd real shot landed. Parker lands a few good shots this round. Fury countered a little. Parker 10-9, 114-114